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There’s been a lot of talk this past week about LassPass and their changes to their free tier of services, specifically to limitations they’re placing on what you can access where for free. As usual we’ve seen the normal backlash of the press, “Free alternatives to…” and “XYZ company leaves free users behind…” etc. I’ve been consistent on my stance around free service offers from companies, what they are truly for, and what our expectations should be as users so I won’t revisit that thinking but I will stress one key point.

If there is any service or application you…


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“Awww, do you need a nap?” We’ve all heard this said to a grumpy toddler at some point and time. Partially it comes from knowing that rest for them is good but also because it gives us some peace and quiet from their most recent tirade. What I wonder though is why “growing up” means that naps no longer carry their core benefits? Perhaps it’s the fact the name itself has such a juvenile and demeaning connotation of weakness. It’s time this changed.

When researching the definition of “nap” this misconception continues. Synonyms include doze, catnap, drowse, drop off, nod…


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Kevin Tofel over at About Chromebooks penned an excellent article recently about how, even after 10 years, people still don’t have a good idea of what Chromebooks are truly capable. As someone who lives the Chromebook life (I work every day on one for multiple hours a day) I can tell you without hesitation there is little a Chromebook cannot do that requires a Windows or Mac machine in the normal course of events.

The shift to “work-where-you-are” thinking has helped push Chromebooks further into their own, coupled with the overwhelming demand in educational circles required by at-home learning. This…


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One of the most popular articles on The Idea Pump is about deleting and managing OneNote notebooks. To make the process a little easier, here’s how I recommend you handle those pesky notebooks you need but don’t need anymore.

To get the notebooks out of the way you can always close them. They’ll sit in your storage area happily waiting for the next time you need them opened. However, if you’re using cloud based storage such as OneDrive you may not want them tying up your space in the cloud. This is where the Export function comes in handy.

Take…


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It’s taken me a year to get to this point. The point where I can talk about what happened and how I feel about it. Here goes…

My dad passed away March 20, 2019 of a stroke in his sleep. Let me be clear though this was as unexpected as it sounds for a number of unexpected reasons. Back to December 2018 we go.

My dad suffered what is called a “stroke of the spine” resulting in partial paralysis of his extremities while leaving his core intact. Imagine waking up one morning and being unable to use your arms and…


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Working from home you would think would be easier. No commute, no office, no lunch rooms, no nonsense. Get up on your schedule, have a leisurely routine, and be ready to be all kinds of crazy productive. Just doesn’t seem to work out that way does it?

Getting started each day is like starting a car on a cold morning. It takes time to warm up; you can’t just jump in and and go. The routines you counted on no matter how much you disliked them aren’t there any more. I used to count on the 45 minute commute each…


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There has been a long aspiration in the tech communities to replace paper and pen and go pure digital. “It’s easier to organize.” “It’s faster to access.” “It’s more intuitive.” When it comes down to it tech wants to replace something that has been around for thousands of years and proves time and time again to be a more reliable solution.

Typically you’ll come across posts such as “ The top 5 digital note taking devices of 2020 “ or the like showcasing the latest in handwriting tech and identifying “transformational” new ways to capture your notes and thoughts with…


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Microsoft has been pressing the concept of Citizen Developers over the past few years; power users with the ability to build low-code or no-code solutions using their Power Platform in Office 365. While I’ve always been an advocate of spreading knowledge and skills to a broader audience especially within the business, the power of the Power Platform does raise concerns and considerations that must be addressed to avoid a chaos scenario of solutions.

Best Practices

The term is loaded but the phrase “best practices” can make a huge difference when it comes to creating long term supportable solutions vs. short term throwaway…


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“Does it spark joy?” If you’ve done anything in the organization or productivity space you’ve heard this phrase from the popular organizer Marie Kondo. While I haven’t gone down the complete rabbit hole yet I have been making a concerted effort to get my physical clutter challenges under control. A few things have started to work well for me and I thought I’d share them. Your mileage may vary.

Label, label, everywhere

I used to chuckle at my father for years because there wasn’t a thing he had that wasn’t labeled in some way. The drawer, the box, the bag, it didn’t matter…


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There’s a concept in productivity circles that productivity is a measure of “doing” things and you are only productive when you’re checking things off a to-do list. Problem is, productivity isn’t just an at-work, focused kind of thing. True productivity runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The work doesn’t stop at 5 o’clock

If we want to have a truly holistic approach to productivity we need to think about more than the 8 (or 10 or even 12) hour working day and take the full 24 hour period into consideration. All parts of the day are equally important regardless of if they are attached…

Art Gelwicks

Productivity consultant, technology geek, strategist, writer, and burgeoning podcaster.

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